New York (CNNMoney.com) - While the unemployment rate held steady in February, the U.S. economy is still shedding jobs, according to a government report released Friday.
The Labor Department said the economy lost 36,000 jobs in the month, fewer than the 68,000 jobs economists were expecting, according to a survey conducted by Briefing.com.
The results were still worse than the previous month, as just 26,000 jobs were lost in January, according to a revised estimate.
But there was no significant change in the number of unemployed workers, and the unemployment rate held steady at 9.7%. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com were expecting an increase to 9.8%.